Aside from a slight, summer-like chance of an isolated shower or storm, we can expect nice, sunny days through at least next Tuesday! Daytime highs will be in the lower 80s, while nighttime lows will be in the low to mid 60s. The next significant weather maker isn’t expected in here until the end of next week. That could be a strong cold front that will put us in a pattern of below normal temperatures. More on that next week.
Hurricane Maria made landfall late last night on Puerto Rico. The cat 5 hurricane has weakened to a strong cat 4 now that it is on land. Catastrophic damage is expected throughout Puerto Rico. The storm will gradually move toward the Dominican Republic today. Below is an image of Maria as it made landfall on Puerto Rico last night.
Back to our weather….I’ve been trying to find when our earliest frost has occurred and, the best I can tell, the earliest frost may have been the morning of September 21, 1956. We dropped to 33 degrees that morning, which is supposedly the coldest temp ever recorded in Crossville in September. We tied that on September 22, 1983. Our average first frost is the middle of October. According to the records at the National Weather Service, our earliest freeze was October 2, 1974, with a low of 31 degrees. The next morning we dropped all the way down to 26! Incidentally, 1974 is the year of the super tornado outbreak that hit the eastern US with 148 tornadoes on April 3. I’m not sure how related these two are but it’s interesting to notice. It still looks like the first week of October is going to be below normal with temperatures, which would easily send us into the 30s for lows. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an early frost this year, especially since everything seems to be running about two weeks ahead of schedule this year. I’ll keep you posted!
You all have a great day and enjoy these nice, warm days. We all know they don’t last forever….